Most computer systems today rely on an User ID and password combination to control access and to protect the data that resides on the systems. The strength of the protection mainly relies on the length and complexity of the password. Passwords should be easy to remember, but they should also be hard for others to guess.
Here are some best practices when choosing, maintaining, and protecting your passwords:
Using two words separated by a number or punctuation, like "Pro%F0otball#93"
Take a word and change the case on some of the letters. Then, either insert a letter or punctuation, or replace some letters with numbers or punctuation, such as: Missouri River ND -> M1$$ouriR1v3rnd
Use a series of words and take the first letter and insert numbers and characters in creating a passphrase.
For example, consider the phrase: My grandfather took me fishing by Lake Michigan and bought me Chicago Pizza in 1993 -> mgmtfbLM@bmCp1993
IT Security ensures that an organization's material and software resources are used only for their intended purposes. At NDIT, security is a part of everything we do.